Handcrafts and art industry represent culture, tradition and creativity of the people of Isfahan. Miniature painting, carving, mosaic and silver beads, chain weaving, carpet weaving, and textile crafts are traditional arts which flourished in the Safavid era. It is highly recommended that visitors make time to view the beautiful native arts and crafts.
Inlaid art crafts
These consist of objects with small wooden triangles in regular geometric forms. Inlaid art works in geometric patterns are composed of triangles made up of ivory, camel bone, wood, brass and wire. Many products such as picture frames, jewelry boxes, cigarette boxes, pipes and album covers are decorated with this intricate inlaid work.
Persian carpets go back 2500 years and have a rich culture behind them. There are of two types: nomadic and city woven carpets. Tribal and nomadic carpets which are made by Iranian nomads have an improvised geometric design and asymmetric pattern made with organic colors. City woven carpets can be made of thread, silk and wool in a different pattern based on a weaver’s style. Today, most designs of new carpets include Lachak forms, flowers, shahabbasi, prayer, trees and hunting.
Silk Isfahan carpets
One of the most expensive carpets in the world belong to Iran, and is the silk carpet of Isfahan. The outstanding craftsmanship, high knot density and use of pure silk make them unique. These carpets have a high decorative value with striking colors and elaborate patterned designs. They are one of the main crafts which has an important economic aspect too. In the Safavid era, Isfahan was one of the main carpet centers. There are some shops in this city where carpets are woven in a golden texture.
|Silk carpet, Isfahan, Iran|
Felt is the oldest textile fabric dates back to 6300 BC and has its origin in the Neolithic period. It is created from wool or other animal fibers that are densely matted together. In Asia, particularly in Iran, this nonwoven fabric has been used for yurts, rugs, hats, boots and clothing since 16th century. Felt making largely belongs to nomads communities including Qashgaees, Bakhtiyari and Arab Jarghoye who mainly live in Fereydonshah ,Semirom, chadegan and Shahrreza among which, Semirom felting is very famous .
You can visit Qeytariye bazar in Isfahan and spend some hours in this historical yet alive atmosphere which seems to be a great experience while traveling in Iran and enjoy watching and buying these marvelous handicrafts.